HELP!! Identical duplicate directory of 'Documents' folder suddenly appeared in Windows Vista and I can't get rid of the new one without also deleting the original!
Okay, I know it may be a long explanation, but I want you to get the whole picture without me having to repost several times trying to clarify my issue.
I am hoping somebody out there has an idea how to solve this bizarre issue, I booted and logged into my Dell Vostro PC this morning to find my 'Documents' folder had somehow replicated itself. I figured this was some strange reference file or pointer to my usual 'Documents' folder in my non-roaming profile.
Later that day, I cut and pasted 7 gigabytes worth of ski trip videos from my HD cam into an empty folder I named "Ski Trip Videos" which ended up with a 7.3 GB total size.
Out of curiosity, I decided to check the OTHER strange new 'Documents' that had appeared this morning and lo and behold, I noticed all the videos were ALSO listed in the new replicated 'Documents' folder?! I thought that very odd since I only pasted the videos into ONE of the 'Documents' folders. Now the total size of BOTH "My Videos" folders equaled 14.6 gigs of space, that being an EXACT DUPLICATE set of the same videos in BOTH 'Documents' folders.
Not wanting to waste all that space with duplicates, I did what anyone probably would and deleted the EXTRA DUPLICATE set of videos that appeared in one of the replicated 'Documents' folders, then went to the original Documents folder where I put the original set of videos and the videos were GONE in this folder too?!!! What the crap is going on here?!
Now my videos are gone from both Documents folders with no backup since I cut and pasted them from my camera to the Documents folder and ran Crap Cleaner when I deleted the DUPLICATE SET because it was taking up nearly 15 GIGS of space, not just 7.2 as it should have.
Here's my question: somehow I have 2 EXACT LINKED & REPLICATED 'Documents' folders in my Administrator Profile (the one I normally use) and any file I create or delete or modify in one Documents folder, also gets created, deleted or modified in the other 'Documents' folder, is if its somehow synchronizing between the two separate 'Documents' folders. Since each 'Documents' folder is now a clone of each other, the total space that my 'Documents' takes on my hard drive is DOUBLE!!
So how do I figure out which 'Documents' folder is the 'new rouge folder' that appeared this morning (both have identical created & modified time/date stamps) and is making duplicates of any file I tinker with and delete the spare Documents folder, WITHOUT ALSO DELETING the original 'Documents' folder since both 'Documents' folders act like conjoined twins, each folder independently taking up its own space and sectors on my hard drive yet at the same time, acting like one massive unit inseparable?
I've put up some screenshots to help illustrate this double 'Documents' mess if anyone knows about this or can help me figure out a solution or workaround, dunno if its related to a corrupted profile or what, but I'm not running any RAID so I know that's not what it is. I just want to figure this out before it turns into another 'Vista spiral of death sysndrome' before I'm forced into doing something drastic (ie; reformat, upgrade to Windows 7 or switch to a MAC everyone nags me to do!).
Thank you anyone, everyone for helping me with this, you are my only hope! :)
Some Basic SysInfo (if it helps any):
OS: Windows Vista Professional v6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 (Build v6002)
Processor: Dual Core Intel Pentium CPU E2220 @ 2.40GHz
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB DDR Corsair
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1 (C:)
Logical Devices: (D:, E:, F:, G:)
System Directory: C:\Windows\System32
Page File: G:\pagefile.sys (64 GB solid-state hdd - dedicated)
GPU: Dell NVIDIA GeForce 9800 (1.00 GB RAM [1,073,741,824 bytes])